As an avid traveler, I’m always grateful for all the discounted travel opportunities that pop up online every Thanksgiving holiday. Unlike the crazy sales at retail stores, you don’t need to camp outside overnight or join insanely long lines to snag these Black Friday/Cyber Monday travel deals. That romantic trip to Paris or The Sound of Music Tour in Austria lies only a click away.
To score some sweet markdowns on accommodations, flights, and package deals for your next vacation, I’d advise you to bookmark this post and use it right now. Remember, availability is limited, and restrictions apply.
Cathay Pacific offers great fares on travel to Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia and New Zealand. Prices start at $593 return.
CheapCaribbean.com has advertised up to 70 percent off all-inclusive vacations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas, Los Cabos, and Cancun/Riviera Maya. Prices start as low as $349 for three nights, including flights.
Norwegian Air plans to take 15% off its fares between the USA and Europe. They promise to get you from New York to Dublin, Ireland, from $114 one way; Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, from $205 one way; and from Chicago to London Gatwick from $140.
Scandinavian Airlines will fly you from the USA to cities like Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland from as low as $399. They also have flights to other places like Amsterdam and Paris from $499 upwards.
South African Airways has posted a gratitude fare sale of $699 valid for travel from New York to Johannesburg and Washington Dulles to Johannesburg. For $729, passengers can fly from Washington Dulles to Accra and get to Dakar for $725.
Spirit Airlines will whisk you to many domestic U.S. destinations for $53 one way. Roundtrip purchase is not required.
WOW air: the budget travelers’ dream, they offer two promotions: “Purple Friday” and another on Cyber Monday. With flights starting at $69 one-way flights, you can jet from Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Boston and Los Angeles to Iceland, then pay $99 one-way for flights from those cities to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and London.
Note: Not interested in any of the above-mentioned airlines or destinations? The booking app, Hopper, and the New York Times reported that the Tuesday following thanksgiving offered the best deals. That means you need to check out your fave carrier’s site on November 27 this year. And if the discount seems too good to be true, don’t be surprised if no meals are served and you end up paying extra for everything.
Expedia – in addition to their $100 off coupon on select flights for Black Friday, Expedia is offering an extra 75 percent off coupon on select hotels and more.
Hotels.com is offering an electronic scratch-off lottery in addition to its up to 40% off sale. The mystery coupon promotion allows consumers to score discounts on accommodations ranging from 7 percent to 99 percent, and it begins at midnight on Friday, Nov. 23 and runs through midnight on Monday. Nov 25.
Priceline is letting its email subscribers benefit from Express Deal coupons for up to 50% in savings on hotels. 1000 lucky subscribers will also have a chance to win a 99 percent discount on lodging on Cyber Monday.
Not really feeling up to scouring the internet to find great deals for individual components of your trip? There’s no need to be overwhelmed. You can look to tour companies to take the hassle out of it for you.
Intrepid Travel is encouraging customers to collect experiences, and not just things, on the trip of a lifetime by offering 20 percent off 1,000+ of its trips. You must book by November 28.
Friendly Planet Travel’s Cyber Monday sale offers discounts on more than 70 packages to 50 countries, including must-see spots in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America. Combined with their early booking discounts, you could save up to $1,900 per person.
G Adventure Tours has joined the post-Thanksgiving party, too. They’re touting savings of up to 35 percent on more than 500 different tours, including an Inca discovery in Peru, Galápagos Islands explorations, cycling in Vietnam and Moroccan desert adventures.
Check out more of Thompson’s epic adventures around the world on her Instagram and at her travel blog, MyTravelStamps.com. And check out her exclusive Island Origins guide to traveling in South Africa. Plus, read our interview with the intrepid traveler discussing her globetrotting life.